Sunday, 25 September 2011

The 5th Bath Children's Literature Festival begins...

The fantastic Bath Children's Literature Festival is underway...

Take a look at the brilliant line up of authors and illustrators on

On Friday 23rd, Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle (he who wrote The Commitments! I can't believe I've only just made that connection) gave a great talk about his new book, A greyhound of a Girl, and about his upbringing and family life and how it influenced the story. He talked about writing humour for adults for children, and how children are far more honest in their appraisal. 'If they find it funny, they find it funny. If they don't, they don't...and they'll tell you too. They're not going to say they like it because they don't want to hurt your feelings!'

When asked the favourite character he'd written...he said it has to be Rover, from the Rover stories. I bought a book for my eight year old, who's loving it...even our dog loves it too!

On Saturday, I went to hear Nicola Davies talk about the inspiration behind her new fantastic Silver Street series...about children starting up a city farm. Nicola had us all in stitches describing her own 'technique' of sheep shearing, the pet chickens of her childhood and pig catching in an orchard! All the animals and antics she described are in the series...with lovely illustrations too.

Nicola Davies book signing

So take a look at the program of the festival, and if you live near Bath...or even if you don't, it's well worth a visit. 


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